Local MP and Health Minister Philip Dunne is encouraging smokers in South Shropshire to take up the Stoptober challenge and quit the habit for good.
Stoptober encourages smokers to quit for the month of October, and go 28 days smoke free. If you stop smoking for 28 days you are 5 times more likely to quit for good. You could also gain an extra week of life for every 28 days you are smoke free, along with greater energy levels, better cardiovascular fitness and a healthier lifestyle.
Over the past decade, the prevalence of smoking in adults in England has fallen from 21% to 15.5%.
Mr Dunne said: “Stoptober is back, and is the perfect opportunity to begin your journey to giving up smoking for life, by stopping smoking for October.
In Shropshire we have seen good progress, with adult smoking rates decreasing by 2.2% since 2012. But there remains 17.2% of the adult population that continue to smoke.
I am not a smoker, so am not well placed to appreciate how hard it is to give up, but I encourage smokers in South Shropshire to give Stoptober a try. There is a lot of help and support available, and in addition to the health benefits, you could be surprised how much money you have saved at the end of the 28 day challenge.”
For information, advice and support, please visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober/home. You can download the Stoptober app, get daily email support, and even chat through Facebook to overcome your cravings.